The blogs at RVLife.com are an endless source of information on places to visit while traveling in your RV. If you are a regular reader of our monthly magazine, you know that Dave Helgeson, Arline Chandler and Denise Seith are frequent contributors of travel articles to the magazine, but they share even more of their travel expertise at RVLife.com.
You can find their weekly posts of stories and photos at rvlife.com by looking under the blog heading and clicking on “Adventures in RVing” by Dave Helgeson, “RV Travel Tales” by Arline Chandler and “Great Escapes” by Denise Seith. Here’s a recent post by Denise on an interesting place to visit in Washington state.
Great Escapes: Museum of Glass
By Denise Seith
Located on the waterfront in Tacoma, Washington, the Museum of Glass is hard to miss—just look for the 90-foot stainless steel cone jutting into the sky. This distinctive cone actually houses the museum’s “hot shop” where visitors can watch artists creating masterpieces from molten glass. The Museum of Glass (MOG) also features a theater, studio, gift shop, café, and three galleries of permanent collections and contemporary traveling exhibitions. “Art Alley” is the place to see how glass artists have brought children’s crayon drawings to life—funky donut ninjas, imaginative aliens, colorful creatures, and more.
It doesn’t take long to wander through the MOG’s spacious galleries, but what may take some time, depending on your interest, is watching the action in the hot shop. Inside the cone-shaped room you can take a seat, or get a bird’s-eye view from along the catwalk that encircles the hot shop. From the red-hot furnaces to the tools used to shape and blow blobs of glass into functional, amazing art, watching the process is fascinating.
Around the corner from the MOG is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass that links the museum to downtown Tacoma. A section of the bridge includes the Venetian Wall, an 80-foot display of more than 100 blown-glass sculptures created by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is world renowned for his large-scale blown-glass art forms.
Also on the bridge is Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects created by Chihuly. Placed on top of a 50-by-20-foot plate-glass ceiling, the colorful shapes represent a unique underwater world. Look up as you walk under the pavilion and notice how the natural light shines through these transparent rainbow sculptures of thin glass. Beautiful!
IF YOU GO:
The Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, Washington 98402–3217.
Phone: (866) 468-7386; museumofglass.org.
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $10, Children 6-12 $5.
Driving directions: From I-5 in Tacoma (North or South):
•?Take Exit 133 (City Center) to I-705.
•?Follow signs for East 26th St./Tacoma Dome.
•?Turn right onto East 26th St.
•?Turn left on East D Street.
•?Proceed on East D Street to the third light.
•?Turn left onto Dock Street.
•?The Museum of Glass is on the right (entrance on waterway side of building).
•?Metered street parking (best for larger RVs) and pay-to-park garages are available.